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Smartphone Use and Kids Leads to Aches and Pains

They’re not growing pains.

Instead, they’re aches and strains caused by how kids use their smartphones and tablets. And doctors say they’re seeing more and more of these issues.

Devon Davis says he uses his phone all the time. Talking, snapping and texting until his thumbs can’t take it anymore.

“I started texting and my thumb was hurting. So I said there’s something wrong. So I stop texting. And I told my mom,” said 14-year-old Davis.

Parents are turning to doctors and chiropractors to help.

Dr. Stephen Jung says he’s seeing more and more young patients with the same cell-phone induced pains.

He treats them using a therapy called “The Graston Technique.” He scraped the fascia tissue, which lines the muscles, with stainless steel tools.

The technique irons out knots in the fascia tissue and increases blood flow to the area.

“It hurts to an extent, but it’s kind of like it intensified version of a massage,” said Dr. Jung.

Dr. Jung says to avoid technology strains on the body you need to stretch. That includes your thumbs and fingers. And hold your phone at eye level so you don’t strain your neck and back.

“It hurts to an extent, but it’s kind of like it intensified version of a massage,” said Dr. Jung.

Dr. Jung says other patients also suffer from neck, shoulder and back pain because of prolonged cell phone use.

Dr. Jung says every morning before cell phone use, it’s important to stretch your neck, back, thumbs and fingers. Dr. Jung says it’s also important to drink plenty of water, eat a balanced diet, and get plenty of sleep.

SOURCE: http://abc13.com/health/smartphone-use-and-kids-leads-to-aches-and-pains/2415226/


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Dear Patients:

Our patients, employees and family are our top priority at Long Island Spine Specialists, P.C.

We ask you to not visit any of our locations if you have symptoms such as fever, sneezing, coughing and possible shortness of breath.

Please cancel your appointment and re-schedule once you are feeling better and are no longer suffering with symptoms.

Only non-symptomatic patients will be seen. No exceptions.

Accompanying family members – including children – are asked to remain in the waiting area and will not be allowed to enter the exam rooms.

During this time of high concern regarding the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) we are taking extra precautions to maintain the highest possible standards of safety and cleanliness. Please be advised that we are carefully following recommendations from both the CDC and WHO and are here to help guide you through this time if needed.

Some steps we are taking to keeping safe:

  1. We know how important cleanliness is and always maintain the highest standards of cleanliness. To further offer you peace of mind, we have increased the frequency of the cleaning of our office.
  2. Rest assured that hand washing is strictly followed. Hand sanitizer is available to all staff and patients.
  3. Additionally, if you have recently traveled to a country with high rates of the coronavirus or have been on a cruise, please reschedule your visit for at least 14 days from your return date. We will gladly accommodate your needs to reschedule. At that time, a telehealth interface can be arranged if necessary.

Find up-to-date and accurate information on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website and feel free to reach out with questions.

- Your team at Long Island Spine Specialists, P.C.

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